WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The April 8 meeting of the Wood-Ridge Council and Mayor was held on Wednesday evening under the most unique circumstances, with only Mayor Paul Sarlo, Borough Administrator Christopher Eilert, Borough Clerk Gina Affuso on the dais, and the Council members dialing in from their homes due to precautions being taken in relation to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
Wood-Ridge Police Chief John Korin joined the meeting in the Council Chambers as it began.
Mayor Sarlo addressed the situation before heading on to the business on the agenda.
I know this is a first for the Wood-Ridge governing body. It is a first for so many governing bodies across the county, across the state, across the country. But this is a first for us here in Wood-Ridge where we take great pride in our ability to meet as much as we can in the public, but I know, and want to re-assure the people of Wood-Ridge that the Borough Council and all of our department heads and all of our volunteers and first responders are doing everything we can to get the most up to date information with regards to the Covid-19 crisis. We are following daily the executive orders that are issued by the governor under the New Jersey Disaster Act that we are following and adhering to. We are constantly updating our website with the latest information available.
As we sit here today, our numbers - we are not an outlier - our cases are no different than any other cases, any other town across the county. We are doing the best we can to monitor it, and continuing to communicate with our residents the best we can. I will say this about our residents. Our residents have been tremendous, they are cooperating, they are mitigating, they are not panicking, and they are working with us, and we need them to continue to do so as we navigate through this unprecedented time and uncharted territory.
Finally, I will say that the for the foreseeable future, or the next few weeks at least, through the end of May, at this point in time. All public events and public meetings are continuing to be canceled were necessary, or will be held virtually or remotely, but any other public settings are going to be suspended or put on hold indefinitely until it is safe for people to congregate and social distancing guidelines are relaxed.
There will be continuing coverage of the Wood-Ridge Council meeting over the rest of the week.
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